The rufous-crested coquette is a species of hummingbird native to the tropical slopes of pacific South America. Due to its small size and population, it is a rare sight even within its native region. Males of the species can be easily distinguished by their striking rufous coloured spiked crests, and females, while less obvious, can be identified by their small size and rufous coloured foreheads.
Similar species: Swifts And Hummingbirds
Uploaded Nov 20, 2022. Captured Oct 13, 2022 12:16 in W2GF+8RW, 101, Moyobamba 22000, Peru.
I'd seen the species last year (see the other photo), but right in the moulting season, which meant its famous crest was a pale shadow of its normal self!
Seeing this, a proper male in his full splendor, has to rank up there in my all-time top bird encounters.
Plus we were extraordinarily lucky as this male's preferred perch was just a couple meters from the mirador, so over a couple hours, me and my friends probably took a combined thousand photos of that single bird! It was very tough to pick a single photo from that shoot for JD, and in the end, I had to go with this one, as the vivid green iridescence of the throat is very rarely visible like that. Posted 4 months ago
I mean, I love all hummingbirds but in my opinion, there are very very few that punch in that weight class. Posted 4 months ago
https://ebird.org/checklist/S120613986 Posted 4 months ago
What an impressive lil‘ bird! Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
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